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Malik Roberts

Abstract Art, Figurative Art

October 26, 2020

Malik Roberts is an American painter and multimedia artist known for his deconstructed portraits that address controversial contemporary subjects, such as police brutality, exclusionary politics, and systemic racism. Exploring the relationship between today’s visual culture and reality, he often works with images and conventions recognizable from the media. Roberts manipulates these recognizable images to dismantle the viewer’s perception of reality. The process starts with breaking down a familiar-feeling icon or landscape into its most basic geometric forms. He then reconstructs the picture, layering charged source imagery and cartoonish extremities onto the geometric x-ray of his subjects. The artist portrays his subject’s internal and external conflicts with the kaleidoscopic effect, unlike the reductive rabble-rousing typical of Digital Age media.